Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Although you can't prevent presbyopia, you can help protect your eyes and your vision. Here's how:

  • Have your eyes checked. Regardless of how well you see, have your eyes checked regularly for problems.
  • Control chronic health conditions. Certain conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can affect your vision if you don't receive proper treatment.
  • Protect your eyes from the sun. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This is especially important if you spend long hours in the sun or are taking a prescription medication that increases your sensitivity to UV radiation.
  • Prevent eye injuries. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports, mowing the lawn, or painting or using other products with toxic fumes. Look for "ANSI Z87.1," a national standard of effectiveness in protecting against injury, on the lens or frame.
  • Eat healthy foods. Try to eat plenty of fruits and leafy greens and other vegetables. These foods generally contain high levels of antioxidants as well as vitamin A and beta carotene. They're also vital to maintaining healthy vision.
  • Use the right glasses. The right glasses optimize your vision. Having regular exams will ensure that your eyeglass prescription is correct.
  • Use good lighting. Turn up or add light for better vision.
  • Recognize symptoms. Sudden loss of vision in one eye, sudden hazy or blurred vision, flashes of light, black spots, or halos or rainbows around lights may signal a serious medical problem, such as acute glaucoma or stroke, or some other treatable retinal condition, such as a retinal tear or retinal detachment. See your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Sep. 30, 2011